Values SETs Desire…. Desire SETs Belief – Week 14 of 52

Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Matthew 11:24

If you are like me, you may have read this verse of scripture 1000s of times and never noticed the jewels that are resident in it.

Pray is a dialogue. It is the language of exchange between God and man (the earthly and heavenly realm). As God responds, instructions and commands are given to establish values.

These divinely appointed values shapes our desires and it is our desires which shapes our beliefs.

So if we are attempting to alter our belief systems, we have to look beyond behavior and beliefs. We MUST look below the proverbial iceberg unto our values.

What’s in your values?

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​ Don’t start with the problem, start with the people – Week 2 of 52

In the fall of 1982, James Burke, the chairman of Johnson & Johnson, faced the biggest crisis of his career. J&J learned from a reporter that their flagship product, Tylenol, had been linked to seven poisoning deaths in the Chicago area.

No one knew how or why the capsules had been poisoned, and Burke didn’t know how widespread the danger to the public might be.

What would you do?

The Bible suggests we should start the decision-making process by considering the potential consequences of our actions.

Colossians 3:2 King James Version (KJV)

Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

Point of View: POV

  • What actions could Burke take to save his company from potential curses?
  • How could he bless consumers and the Tylenol brand for the future?

Burke quickly considered the consequences of several strategies, with a focus on keeping customers safe. Though it cost Johnson & Johnson $100 million in the short term, Burke convinced J&J shareholders to recall all Tylenol.

The phrase, “set your affection” means:

  • Consider
  • Think about
  • Be mindful of
  • Regard

As Burke considered the series of options in his decision making, he sat his affection on things above (people)…..not on things beneath (profit + problems).

What about you:

  • What Problems are you facing?
  • In the midst of the “problem(s)” where is your focus?

“Throughout the year we will continue to use the word, “SET” as our GPS.”

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